Leicester scientists join bake-off style competition to stand up to cancer

Posted by er134 at Oct 16, 2014 01:20 PM |
Cancer researchers help raise vital funds in support of national fundraising initiative

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 October 2014

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SCIENTISTS from the Leicester Cancer Research UK Centre at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have cooked up a treat to help raise vital funds for research.

Researchers at the centre took part in their very own bake-off as part of a nationwide fundraising contest for Stand Up To Cancer which culminates in a live Channel 4 show this Friday (October 17).

The imaginative entries showed images ranging from an immune cell giving a cancer cell the ‘kiss of death’ to bacteria used to fight cancer.

The winning entry, by Professor Anne Thomas, Director of the Hope Against Cancer Clinical Trials Unit and Consultant Oncologist for Leicester’s Hospitals, showed an ugly mutated cancer cell with four agents use in chemoprevention to stop cancer at the earliest opportunity.

Members of the public will get chance to vote for the cake on Twitter against entries from twelve Cancer Research UK centres to help raise hundreds of pounds for Stand Up To Cancer.

The joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 raises money for research to get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.

Stand Up To Cancer will culminate in a live TV fundraiser on Channel 4 at 7.30pm this Friday, October 17th, as an army of millions tune in to an epic TV show hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jesson. The trio will front a star studded night of television, jam packed with programming from entertainment and science to documentaries, featuring some of Channel 4’s and the UK’s best loved talent and respected researchers.

Prof Thomas, said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen as the Leicester winner but the most important thing is that we raise awareness and funds for research.

“Thanks to the progress that’s been made in the last 40 years, more people are surviving cancer than ever before but there is much work still to do.”

Stand Up To Cancer took place for the first time in the UK in 2012 and raised over £8 million for ground-breaking research.

You can vote for the cake using Twitter handles #Leicestercake and #ScienceCakes

For more information visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk

  • The Leicester Cancer Research UK Centre is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust working with the Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit based at the University campus and the charity - Hope Against Cancer.

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For further information, please contact: Katie Washington, Research Engagement Co-ordinator on: 01162297088

Notes to Editors

About Stand Up To Cancer (UK)

  • Stand Up To Cancer is a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. It unites scientists, celebrities and communities to generate funds, raise awareness and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
    • Stand Up To Cancer raises money for translational research, which takes developments in the lab and transforms them into new tests and treatments for cancer patients.
    • It took place for the first time in the UK in 2012 and raised over £8 million.
      • In 2012, the live fundraising event was hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen and featured celebrity interviews and moving real life stories
      • Stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow , Samuel L Jackson, Bradley Cooper, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, Keith Lemon, Heidi Klum, Jeremy Piven, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Alesha Dixon, Ashley Walters, Russell Tovey, Bear Grylls, Jack Whitehall, Tom Felton, Warwick Davis, Jimmy Carr, Derren Brown, Martin Freeman, Dawn Porter, Micky Flanagan, Stephen Graham, Max Beesley and Jonathan Ross are just some of the talent who supported Stand Up To Cancer.
      • Stand Up To Cancer will return to UK TV screens on 17 October 2014 on Channel 4
      • For more information visit standuptocancer.org.uk

About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Hope Against Cancer

Hope Against Cancer, formally known as the Hope Foundation, was established in 2003 to increase the funds available for cancer research in Leicestershire and Rutland and make clinical trials more available to local people.  Surveys demonstrate that when patients with cancer are treated at cancer centres and units carrying out research, outcomes are significantly improved.

Around 5,000 people in Leicestershire are diagnosed with cancer each year and the region currently has hot spots of cancer associated with cultural and socio-economic factors and healthcare inequalities.

Since 2003 Hope has raised over £3m and funded over 30 research projects tackling many different forms of cancer.  In 2012 the charity established and opened a dedicated clinical trials unit - a partnership between the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals - at Leicester Royal Infirmary to offer patients access to new medicines and therapies, funding a dedicated HOPE Nurse to add to the care and support trials patients receive.  Hope has also been instrumental in the city of Leicester becoming a cancer research centre of excellence.  This will prioritise leading potential practice changes in early detection, prevention and treatment of cancers while continuing to identify research projects with a clear benefit for patients across the region.

Hope Against Cancer works closely with the Universities of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort and is grateful for their support. Visit their website at: http://www.hfcr.org/

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